Windows 10 PC users who like the idea of the Amazon Alexa device but don't want another gadget sitting at their desk, offer a new option to convert the Windows 10 desktop, laptop, or other devices to an Alexa smart speaker. For Windows 10 PCs, the newly launched Alexa application. The Windows 10 PC application does not support all the functions that you can use with an Alexa smart speaker or smartphone. More specifically, the Alexa app only supports voice interaction on Android and iOS devices.
No support for voice interaction doesn't mean you can't say "Hey, Alexa" and you can listen to your voice commands from your room as you do your PC in an Echo Dot. Windows 10 requires that you activate Alexa, open the Alexa app, and then tap the Alexa button in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. Activating Alexa will switch the computer to the sound mode that displays the blue light bar at the bottom of the screen. As long as the screen is turned on, Alexa can listen and respond to requests.
When some features are enabled, the Alexa Windows 10 application will display the response cards on the screen, the response cards contain:
- Regional search
- Movies & Showtimes
- Sports Update
- S & C
Amazon points out that these response cards work differently on Windows computers than on Alexa. Windows 10 response cards have screen options that users can click or touch to get more information through a web browser. Users will need to allow some location-based features to access the location of the device for operation, these settings can be found in the Application or Application Fields, and then you can turn your location on or off in the Amazon Alexa application settings area. .
There are things that the Amazon application cannot do on a PC or other devices. Unsupported features include:
- Volume and device-specific controls (see below for more information).
- Timers and Alarms.
- Some third-party media services (such as TuneIn)
- Special offers to Alexa.
- Activate Alexa using your voice (open Alexa to activate Alexa and tap the Alexa button in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen).
Turning your Windows 10 PC into an Alexa device requires downloading the Amazon Alexa app through the Microsoft Store, information about the Alexa app can be found here; Windows users can also log in and download the Alexa PC browser plug-in.